It is with great honor to feature Carissa Stephens as the newest #WomanofHouston. Carissa is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of She’s Charissmatic, founder of Naturally GG, and senior audit assistant at BDO USA, LLP. This fierce and ambitious business woman is also a loving wife to Kenneth. Carissa graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management and Marketing from Sam Houston State University in 2009 and went on to earn a Certificate of Accountancy, Accounting and Taxation from University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business in 2012. Carissa is without a doubt a successful accountant with over 7 years of experience BUT her hard work doesn’t stop there, she somehow manage to squeeze time in to launch and operate her own businesses. You’ll easily find Carissa’s personality is as radiant as her smile.
Please tell us about www.shescharissmatic.com and what inspired you to start such an awesome website.
She’s ChaRISSmatic is a lifestyle blog that serves as a source of inspiration for many things including fitness, food, beauty, love and travel! What inspired me to start the website was my love for writing and storytelling. On my blog, I share things that I experience personally. I enjoy living life every day to the fullest and I hope that my blog can inspire others to do the same. To take risks, to get out of their comfort zones, and to really experience more of beauty of life! The key is in the simple things…
I also believe that my purpose is to empower people with the tools they need to be successful. I hope to continually offer my words of wisdom from things that I learn along my own journey, to equip and empower my subscribers to follow their dreams and live a happier, healthier, purpose-driven life.
Your youtube page, https://www.youtube.com/c/naturallygg, has close to 85,000 subscribers!!! Please tell us what Naturally GG is all about.
NaturallyGG is a YouTube channel that I founded along with my sister in 2011 and was originally intended to simply document our personal natural hair journeys. Prior to 2011, I chemically straightened my hair because since I could remember, it was what I was “supposed to do” as an African American female. I became more enlightened and around this time also had several epiphanies. The main epiphanies that I experienced were:
- I don’t know what my hair texture looks like in its natural, God given state and that became a real problem for me…
- The standard of beauty that I was living by was no longer acceptable for my life
- My natural hair could be so much more VERSATILE and HEALTHIER than my chemical relaxed hair and I wanted to embrace it in all of its kinks, curls and complexities!
So I embraced the journey and have been loving it ever since! There is nothing my hair can’t do in its natural state. For the past 5 years, the channel has shared countless natural hair tutorials, product reviews and lifestyle vlogs. I had no idea back then that the channel would grow to receive MILLIONS of views and open the doors to some AMAZING opportunities!! Through this brand I have able to work with so many companies, fulfilling my dreams of being an impactful beauty influencer. I am able to travel with my brand and do some spoke-modeling and public speaking while engaging with live audiences and continuing to create engaging, informative and entertaining videos for my audience!
Can you tell us about NatuallyGG’s #EssenceBeauty Boxes https://goo.gl/pnpmib?
NaturallyGG has partnered with Essence Beauty Box. The boxes come with all sorts of incredible beauty items that any women no matter the skin type or hair type can use and LOVE! I have received a couple of boxes myself over the past couple of months and have been blown away with all the contents of the box especially at the affordable price in which it is offered! Beauty Box subscriptions can be month –to-month, 6 month or 12 month long subscriptions. It’s like every month it’s your birthday when your box shows up at your doorstep! Get your box today!
Aside from being a successful entrepreneur you also work full time as a Senior Audit Assistant at BDO USA, LLP!!! What is your secret for managing it all?
Honestly…. Multi-vitamins and Jesus is my saving grace. Also, I maintain a pretty detailed calendar and to-do lists!! Writing things down help me and organization is key!
Can you tell us what you do at BDO USA, LLP?
As a Senior Audit Assistant at BDO, my primary role and responsibilities involve reviewing and finalizing the financial statements for various clients. Additionally, I assist the Audit Partners with various tasks as needed, such as the preparation of expense reports and time entry reports, completing memos and finalizing drafts of other written reports and spreadsheets.
Personal growth and development is the passion that sums up everything. Motivating, cultivating and inspiring people to be the best version of themselves is also something that I am very passionate about.
Dance is my first love. J I have danced my entire life. I was in studio dance as a child where I learned ballet, tap and jazz dance; drill team in high school were I learned competitive precision drill/dance and eventually served as the Captain of the team; and in college I danced and directed an ensemble where I primarily did praise, street and open dance. I love to choreograph and see my interpretation of music come to life! I currently enjoy a weekly Zumba class where I do lots of Latin inspired dancing and lots of “twerk”. Judge me. lol
Whatever I am feeling on any given day is the style that I’m rocking. If you follow me on Instagram @shescharissmatic, then you know that I keep my style switched up very often. Fashion comes and goes…I don’t have a favorite clothing store because I can spot a jewel almost anywhere.
Most days I wear an all-purpose dress to work. It can be a wrap dress or have more structure… easy, comfortable and effective.
When I’m not at work I like to dress like a hippie. Always comfortable, maybe a crop top and denim shorts most of the time to help tolerate this hot Houston weather.
I love skin care because in my opinion it is the basis of physical beauty. My products are not super fancy by any means. However, when it comes to staples I must have my Neutrogena make-up removing wipes and Clarosonic spin brush. I also love Glam Glow mud masque (for clearing any breakouts and brightening any hyper pigmentation that old acne scars may leave behind), and Origins eye roller and ginzing eye cream. I moisturize using Cetaphil oil control moisturizer with SPF. This random collection of products works well for me!
My daily face is always a nice foundation using Clinique Acne Solutions liquid foundations and setting that with a light dust of MAC pressed powder. I love a “cat eye” using liquid liner and a nice eyebrow which is now made easier with the help of Anastasia brow definer. Throw on a little blush and lip gloss and I’m out!
I love Creole food, seafood, soul food, pub food, Vietnamese, Mexican, Italian … lol I’m a foodie with a diverse pallet and I love it all.
Dance is my cardio. I also enjoy squatting and doing light weight training. For me, staying fit is a matter of having a fun and active lifestyle. I’m not a fan of workout machines or dieting but I absolutely love jogging in the park and will take the stairs vs. the elevator as much as I can.
I am a Business Professional and Entrepreneur
My challenges are making time to do it all… time management.
- Who’s Who Houston
- Women of Houston 😉
- Nzuri 100 Carat Diamond Award: Best in Social Media
- Look 1: This is a look I would wear to work with a closed button up blazer. After work, the blazer comes off and I’m ready for happy hour with my friends.
- Look 2: Simple and classic, black and white striped skater dress that makes me feel flirty but is also still classy. I love this look!
- Look 3: This edgy look is a rarity for me but represents me stepping out of my comfort zone and being bold and daring without fear of being judged by others.
Photos are unfiltered and unedited. Photography by A. Pham